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What gun did Tom Selleck use in Magnum,PI

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cjsolar, Dec 6, 2007.

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  1. cjsolar

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    I was just curious about the pistol that Tom Selleck used in Magnum,PI. A friend and I were discussing this the other evening.....If anybody knows,let me know....
     
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    1911:)
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    It was definitely a blue 5" Gov't model. Stock configuration as far as I could see. I never got a good look at a close up to identify make, or caliber. One would assume it was a Colt in .45. At least I would.:D
     
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    Speaking of TV... Don Johnson has used some interesting guns in his roles. A Bren Ten in Miami Vice and a Colt Special Combat Government in .38 Super in Nash Bridges.

    Interesting TV guns could be a new thread........
     
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    The Magnum pistol was supposedly 9mm to make blanks work easier.
     
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    Maybe it was, but it still looked like a blued Series 70 .45 to me.
    "Did you see the sun rise this morning?"
     
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    Tom Selleck is packing a 1911 as Robert Parker's Jesse Stone character in his latest TV movies.

    Don Johnson in Miami Vice started w a SIGP220, then a Bren Ten, finished w a S&W 45.

    Edited to add his BUG: Detonics.
     
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    I think Magnum's pistol might have been a Star Model B or possibly P, as I recall reading an article years ago about how the Star's were easier to work with,and more reliable, when converted to firing blanks. Sometimes, if you can see the right side of the slide, you might notice the straw colored extractor back where the slide serrations are. That's not to say however, that many scenes may have simply called for a non-firing prop gun; in which case, an available Model 1911 could have been used.
     
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    Not only that, it's an official Gunsite 1911!
     
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    Thanks for the information....It is truely appreciated...If anybody has good close-up of the gun let me know
     
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    The photo I linked to in my earlier post is the best I've seen of the him and pistol, perchance there is a better one out there.
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    It's a 1911. I have several Magnum dvd's and it is a 1911. Muzzle sure looks like a .45 hole to me. Don't know about the blanks part.

    One of the best tv endings ever!
     
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    Tom sure likes his 1911s. His character on Las Vegas also carries a 1911.
     
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    I also read something about the gun being set-up to fire 9mm blanks. I find this to be true as I noticed several scenes where he loaded/reloaded his pistol and one can spot the 9mm mags because they have the pressed alignment indention down the side of the mag.....
     
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    strangelittleman wrote:
    Same here!

    In the opening sequence, just before Magnum inserts the magazine (see photo above, posted by kentucky_smith), you can see the alignment indentations.

    Also, has anyone else picked up on the fact that the hammer is down as Magnum is inserting the magazine, in the opening sequence, but, the hammer goes 'cocked' as he slaps the magazine home, as in the photo (above)!?!?!?!?!??
     
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    He needs to get his finger off the trigger until he has it pointed at whatever he's going to shoot. :uhoh:
     
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    I believe you are correct in that is was set up to use 9mm blanks.
    In the opening scene when he inserts the magazine you can clearly see the line running up the magazine indicating it is not a .45 Automatic magazine. I always just figured he carried a Super .38. I dig Magnum PI and have a thing for the Super.
     
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    Just as a minor add-on, in the Jesse Stone novels the Stone character carries his backup from L.A., a snubbie revolver, and then occasionally the issue gun for the Paradise department, a SIG of some kind. He also uses a .22 target pistol in one of the books.

    So I think we can assume that Tom Selleck likes 1911s, since he (or someone) changed the gun for the movies.
     
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    I think its clear that Magnum's most important weapon of all was his gigantic mustache :D
     
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    BTW, I noticed he also carried a PPK for a BUG in an ankle rig in a couple of episodes.......
     
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    Never watched it much but I remember a scoped rifle with set triggers being used once. I think the opening part shows a 1911 pattern gun being loaded. Many times when I watch tv/movies I see an external extractor on a 1911 pattern suggesting in older films a Spanish Llama or Star was used.

    I've heard the 9mm/38super being easier to work with blanks thing before. I have a friend who works in Hollywood and knows a prop guy. I'll try to talk to him if possible. Never heard that the external extractor guns were used for any special reason though.
     
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    in most episodes it's a "park'ed" GI issue gun, not a blued series 70.

    I believe there is an episode where he is shown unpacking his GI bag and dumping the 1911A1 out of a rag.

    He also carries one now that he is on Las Vegas. this is a screen shot.
     

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